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United Airlines Offering Flight Attendants Enhanced Early Out Program

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United Airlines is offering its flight attendants an Enhanced Early Out Program, which allows participants a one-time opportunity to voluntarily separate from the company and receive a severance payment.

United is also recalling all flight attendants who are on voluntary and involuntary furlough.

United will offer lump sum payouts of up to $100,000 for flight attendants who apply for the early out and meet certain service and eligibility qualifications. The airline will award early outs in seniority order.

United has more than 23,000 flight attendants.

“We’re excited to offer this extraordinary early out program, and we look forward to rewarding flight attendants who’ve contributed so much to United over the years,” said Sam Risoli, United’s senior vice president, Inflight Services. “Working together with the AFA [Association of Flight Attendants] Master Executive Council Presidents Ken Diaz, Suzanne Hendricks and Marcus Valentino, we were able to develop a program that provides great benefits, minimizes disruption to flight attendants due to staffing imbalances and at the same time helps us be more competitive.”

Narita-based Japanese national Flight Attendants employed by CMI, and who are not employed by United or represented by AFA, have their own severance and early-retirement terms provided in their collective bargaining agreement under Japanese law, and are therefore not eligible for the United Airlines Enhanced Early Out Program.

“United’s investment in this Enhanced Early Out benefits United and all our flight attendants represented by AFA,” said Mike Bonds, executive vice president, Human Resources and Labor Relations. “Recalling furloughed Flight Attendants and aligning our staffing to match our flying schedule will further facilitate the company and AFA reaching a joint collective bargaining agreement. It’s another positive step in what has become a productive relationship with AFA.”

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